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Redwood Massacre: Annihilation

Reviewed by Mike Macabre

Independent horror constantly shows us that it can rival the efforts of its mainstream counterparts. With awesome special effects, great acting and stunning locations, many could easily be mistaken for a big budget flick. In fact, only recently we’ve reviewed such movies. The terrific acting in The Legend of the Muse, the stunning scenery in The Faceless Man and the great effects in both are prime examples. Redwood Massacre: Annihilation literally has all of the above.

Synopsis

A stranger obsessed with the unsolved Redwood murders, convinces a group of bereaved family members to venture into the wilderness in hope of proving the existence of the infamous killer. Their quest for truth sees a sinister turn of events, as the hunters become the hunted. A blood-soaked fight for survival ensues when they find that the tales of the axe-wielding maniac are very real.

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation

Review

The movie opens with a massacre. The Burlap Killer strolls amongst a sea of bodies, slicing and dicing survivors amid a cacophony of wails and screams. It’s a solid opening, giving viewers a reminder of the Burlap Killer’s brutal, unrelenting nature. This is then followed with another murder by a different killer! However, he’s just as sadistic as our main antagonist.

After this prologue we’re treated to some great cinematography. It has to be said, Scotland is an absolutely stunning place. With rolling hills, winding streams and endless landscapes, you couldn’t ask for a more picturesque location. Yet, the vast majority of the movie takes place in an underground military bunker. I mean, it makes sense. The beauty of the Scottish countryside would definitely detract from the brutal murders occurring throughout the flick! Director David Ryan Keith certainly made the best decision on that front.

Whilst we’re talking about good decisions, let’s focus on the acting!

Who’s who?

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation

The film is made up of a stellar cast each bringing a unique aspect to the storyline. Danielle Harris plays her role as Laura Dempsey superbly. A constant presence throughout the movie, Harris’ convincing portrayal of a kick ass fighter is certainly one to watch. With her confident demeanour and determination it’s easy to fear for the Burlap Killer himself as opposed to his potential victims. This is exacerbated even further when you incorporate Gary Kasper. With his huge, imposing frame and menacing persona you can’t help but yearn for a face off between him and the antagonist. Add to that the huge arsenal he brings with him, it’s not your bog-standard slasher! However, the man-mountain also has a softer side when it comes to his friends. The camaraderie displayed throughout the movie is a joy to behold.

Jon Campling is great in his role as Tom Dempsey, Laura’s father. He’s driven, yet easily swayed and is happy to let his daughter lead the way. Damien Puckler plays Max, the mysterious stranger who convinces the party to go and find the masked killer. His motives are clear from the outset and he lives up to these expectations as the movie goes on. Finally, Tevy Poe‘s portrayal of Jen is the only time the director conforms to stereotype. The flirtatious friend of Laura is a standard mould seen in the vast majority of slashers, yet, she still plays a good part and ultimately I think the movie is perfectly cast.

The Effects

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation

As you can probably expect if you saw the first film, Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is rife with blood, gore and great effects. Given the small cast, we do have to wait a considerable amount of time before we get to the brutal killings, however, this just serves to build suspense. There are some great props used throughout and the creative murders are a credit to the makeup department and special effects team. There’s dismemberment, evisceration and, as you can guess, bucket loads of gore!

Overall, this movie is certainly not one to be missed and I would highly recommend it to everyone. Even if you haven’t seen the first one, you can quickly grasp the concept!

Check out the trailer here

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is coming to DVD and Digital on October 20th from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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Candyman Release delayed! Yes, we’re sorry to report that Nia DaCosta’s spiritual sequel is the latest casualty of 2020. Universal Pictures have confirmed that they are no longer releasing Candyman on the 16th October.

This may have been expected, with countless other movies falling to the same fate. But, with only a month to go before the flick hit our screens, the news will still be a huge disappointment to many.

Worse still, Universal Pictures have not confirmed WHEN the new release date will be. All we know is that is will be sometime in 2021! Hopefully we will be able to update you with a new release date soon.

Candyman Release Delayed

Synopsis

With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Candyman release delayed, BUT we’ve still got the trailer to tide us over, right?

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A Nightmare of Horror: Nightmare Radio

Reviewed by Mike Macabre

We do love a good anthology series at Erebus Horror. We recently reviewed the Chills Down Your Spine collection and whilst the low-budget effort was commendable, this anthology shows what can be done with an even greater budget. A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio consists of 10 horrifying tales by some of horror’s up and coming filmmakers.

Brothers Luciano and Nicolás Onetti have collaborated with Sergio Morcillo, Joshua Long, Jason Bognacki, Adam O’Brien, Matthew Richards, A.J. Briones, Pablo S. Pastor and Oliver Park.

Synopsis

Rod, radio DJ, hosts a popular horror-themed show packed with tales of terror for eager listeners. When he receives alarming calls from a horrified child things start to feel off. What ensues is a roller-coaster ride of horror stories…

The collection was hugely enjoyable with a multitude of themes and styles. There’s suspense, monsters, body horror and a whole load of gore. What more could you want? Lets see how they did.

A Nightmare of Horror: Nightmare Radio

Review

Post-Mortem Mary – Australian horror with a historic setting. A woman takes her reluctant daughter to a neighbour’s house following the death of a young girl. She’s given the job of preparing the body and making the girl appear ‘alive’ in order to take her photograph. Yet, as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that the corpse has been possessed by something sinister. This is a great supernatural horror with a great twist at the end that sets up the anthology perfectly.

A Little Off The Top – Gruesome torture porn flick. A hair stylist has a conversation with his client about… hair. However, we soon discover that he’s a little bit of a psychopath and his fetish with hair is a tad extreme. This was a really short flick which relies on the gory, shock factor to satisfy horror fans. It’s not bad, with an inventive use of a barber’s chair and a nice bit of gore. Yet, you can probably guess from the title what happens so it wasn’t really a surprise.

It gets better!

The Disappearance of Willie Bingham – Brutal prison reform. Highly imaginative storyline whereby prisoner Willie Bingham is punished for his crimes by having different limbs removed. This is part of a new reform of the justice system. Willie is then paraded around educational establishments to serve as a deterrent from crime. As the movie goes on, Willie loses more body parts (including his namesake) until he is left with not much else. It certainly isn’t a traditional horror story and is more unsettling than scary, but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Drops – Dancer plagued by demonic entity. This creepy Spanish movie follows a young dancer as she tries to balance a relationship, achieving her dreams and dealing with the demon tormenting her. It was slightly confusing in parts but overrall it wasn’t too bad. There were a few creepy bits and if you’re into weird humanoid demon things you’ll probably enjoy it.

There’s more? You bet!

A Nightmare of Horror: Nightmare Radio

The Smiling Man – Creepy.. demonic… man. This is another really short flick which involves a child following a trail of balloons through her house until she reaches The Smiling Man. They have a brief, unsettling interaction before he unveils a sinister secret. It’s a shame this was so short as the premise and great acting could have took this a lot further. However, as it is, it’s a pretty good short.

Into the Mud – Woodland horror with an unexpected twist. A woman regains consciousness in the woods only to find that she is being hunted. Naked, alone and afraid, she flees through the forest with the hunter pursuing her. What starts out as a cat and mouse chase turns into something even more sinister at the dramatic conclusion. With a great twist and some really good makeup/ effects, this one should appeal to a lot of monster fans.

Nearly there…

Vicious – Eerie, British horror with some good jump scares. A woman returns to find there has been at her home. After initially finding nothing untoward, she goes to bed where she is plagued by a demonic entity. This one had the biggest jump scares out of the lot and cranked the creep-factor up to the max. Unsettling and impactive, the only issue for me was the victim’s decision-making. We’ve all done it – watching a horror movie and shouting “Don’t go into the basement!” “Don’t run upstairs!” “The murderer is down, kill him before he gets up!” – you know all the stereotypes that we love/loathe. This one had me wondering why she lay down to reach around the door when she could’ve opened it. You’ll see what I mean when you see it. But apart from that it was a great flick!

Nightmare Radio – Good wraparound story with a satisfying conclusion. So Nightmare Radio is the wraparound story that progresses in between each segment. Towards the end, DJ Rod is tormented by prank callers, noises nearby and paranormal happenings in the next room. The story concludes with a satisfying twist which is a great ending to a great anthology.

Check out A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio trailer below

A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is available on demand and DVD on now!

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Neve Campbell Scream 5

Whilst it won’t come as a shock to most, Neve Campbell has confirmed that she is to reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in the upcoming Scream 5 movie!

Posting on Instagram, Campbell simply stated “Hello again, Sidney #ImBack @ScreamMovies” with a video depicting the iconic Ghostface

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Fans of the franchise will be overjoyed that the last piece of the puzzle is finally in place. Both Courtney Cox and David Arquette had already confirmed their involvement, leaving fans eagerly awaiting Campbell’s confirmation. With her latest announcement, all we can do is countdown the days until its release… January 14, 2022 isn’t far off, right?

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Legend of the Muse

Reviewed by Mike Macabre

We all love mythology, right? After all, the vast majority of horror influences can be linked to stories told in ancient times. Werewolves can be traced back to the Greek Legend of Lycaon, Frankenstein can be linked to the Jewish legend of The Golem, and as for vampires, well stories about bloodsuckers have existed for millennia. Legend of the Muse is another which draws on these old tales in the form of Celtic mythology.

Synopsis

A painter’s life is changed forever when a mythical and deadly spirit from Celtic lore becomes his muse and lover.

Starring Riley Egan, Elle Evans, Kate Mansi, Max Decker, Jennie Fahn and Lou Ferrigno Jr. and written/ directed by John Burr.

Legend of the Muse

The movie follows Adam (Egan), an introvert artist who lives alone in an overpriced, rundown apartment. When he meets Hector (Decker), a new tenant in the building, Adam’s life starts to get a bit more interesting. Whilst serving as a driver to assist Hector’s criminal activity, Adam encounters a mysterious woman (Evans). Silent, seductive and seemingly inhuman, the woman appears again in Adam’s apartment. From here the story progresses into an intriguing, sensual bloodbath.

Review

I’m genuinely unsure where to start with this one. John Burr has written an absolutely superb story that just keeps on giving. Admittedly, it was confusing to begin with, but it didn’t take long for the pieces to fall into place.

The accolade for outstanding performance would easily go to Elle Evans. Despite not having a single spoken line, she dominates the screen in every scene she’s in. To portray such a range of traits and emotions without words is an impressive feat. Displaying a multitude of characteristics from sweet and innocent, sultry and seductive, to downright terrifying, Evans pulls it off flawlessly. This, coupled with Egan’s convincing portrayal of the timid artist provides a strong cast that are a credit to the movie.

Legend of the Muse

There’s a good amount of blood/gore in the movie. Not too excessive, but enough to satisfy most horror fans without detracting from the main storyline. Speaking of the story, there may have been one issue I had with it. Who hides body parts under the floorboards?! I mean give it a couple of days and you’ll have a smell that even the strongest air fresheners wouldn’t be able to shift! That aside though, the effects were pretty good and the makeup department definitely deserve a shout out for their efforts.

Check out the trailer here

Legend of the Muse is available to watch now Amazon

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